Posted by: Autism Speaks | March 11, 2010

Sprouts Farmers Market Teams with the Arizona Walk Now for Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks and the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) are pleased to announce Sprouts Farmers Market as the first Visionary Sponsor for the 2010 Arizona Walk Now for Autism Speaks. With a commitment of $30,000, Sprouts will have employee Walk team competitions and a prominent location on Walk day. Sprouts specializes in farm fresh produce purchased from local farmers when possible. An Arizona based company, Sprouts is one of the nation’s fastest growing retailers with 47 stores and counting in Arizona, California, Texas and Colorado. In the upcoming months, Sprouts will host in-store fundraisers and educational speakers at various locations.

President & COO of Sprouts Farmers Market Doug Sanders will lead Arizona to success while serving as the 2010 Walk Chair. Doug and his wife Cindy are committed to the event and the cause. Last year, their 3-year-old son was diagnosed with autism. Thanks to the wonderful services in the Valley, their son started receiving therapy in January and has already shown signs of success.

In a rare collaboration, Autism Speaks and SARRC partner to produce the Arizona Walk Now for Autism Speaks to raise funds and awareness to support all those affected by autism. Together we are one strong voice and one united team. Combining, resources, skills and the talents of two organizations and hundreds of volunteers, we can make the greatest impact in Arizona. The 2010 Arizona Walk Now for Autism Speaks will take place Halloween morning on Sunday, October 31. In 2009, the walk raised just over $480,000 and united roughly 12,000 walkers. For more information, visit the Arizona Walk website at walknowforautismspeaks.org/az.

Pictured from left to right: Doug Sanders, president and COO of Sprouts Farmers Market, his wife Cindy Sanders, and Amy Hummell of the Arizona Autism Speaks Office

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